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Yay! Legends Every Day enters the fast, cheap, and out of control world of Japanese anime.

By Daniel Barron


Previously in Yay! Legends Every Day, we highlighted the artistic interpretations of master animator Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli factory. Now we explore the wider, weirder realm of Japanese animation, a pillar of teenage Dan’s life during perhaps the greenest years of its popularity. It was the start a of new century, I in was high school, anime was weird, and so was I. Sailor Moon, Dragonball Z, Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, Evangelion, I devoured it all. Before the virtual buffet offered by streaming services (or the death sputter of home video) I endured heavy minor inconveniencing in the name of fandom, from tolerating shitty dubs to diving through bootlegs to acquire unlicensed gems. I would even tolerate the TV edits where you KNEW there was blood or boobs I was missing out on. Didn’t care. Life sucked and I had giant robot fever was the cure.

Now more than a decade has passed, and, if you’ll excuse me, we’re raising a total wiener face generation whose lack of purity is frankly a blight on fandom. Now instead of waiting years they get subtitled episodes the week after they air in Japan. They can instantly stream an entire run on Netflix. Or buy a show in one box set instead of eight separate volumes. Give me a break. These green-ass pretenders could never watch an eight-episode Dragonball Z across eight weeks like a goddamn thug.

But, y’know. Hate the game, rite?



Attack on Titan (2013) – Allan Panakal

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Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005) – Autumn Fredrickson

“One of the things I love about the world created for Avatar: The Last Airbender is the various creatures- sky bison, flying lemurs, badgermoles,. The many hybrid animals in Avatar also lead to jokes as endearing as the cabbage man- Bosco, the bear that was just a bear. However, Appa is my favorite.”

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john d wiltshire art


john d wiltshire art


Escaflowne (2000) – John D. Wiltshire

Medium: inks and digital
Size: 5×7″
Escaflowne offered many opportunities with characters and scenarios to draw from but in the end I thought about my initial reactions when watching the film compared to the series. I was always drawn by the style and quality of the film compared to the series, even though the story seemed compressed for time. One of those elements included the fact that it was a harsher retelling of the story which included the drawing of blood to operate the guymelef mechas. This visual and depiction is what I focused on for my poster tribute.”

Read our in-depth feature on John D. Wiltshire.


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Fullmetal Alchemist (2003)- Karen Alcazar

“The Elric’s brotherhood its too strong, not only because they are brothers but for they blood literally, and Hiromu Arakawa represent that very well in the story, with the rune that Edward drew on an armor to seal Al´s soul.

In almost all the series, they seek the Philosopher´s stone to return they bodies to normal, however, when they get close, they get far away at the same time, because all the things that are involved with it. That´s why Edward isn´t touching the stone in this work.
But, It´s the Philosopher´s stone to only thing to get back they bodies to normal? The answer is one of a lot of things that I love about Fullmetal Alchemist!”

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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004) – Martin Darkside

Medium: oil on canvas board

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Ghost in the Shell: Stand-Alone Complex (2002) – Izza Vuong

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Mega Man (1987) – Max Bare

“The Blue Bomber has always held a special place in my digital heart since the first day I found it on a game rack as a young busta. Maybe it’s due to one little guy against immeasurable odds. I wanted to capture that tenacity by swarming our friend in an army of robot assailants. Until that energy bar is all the way down…Never stop…MEGA BUST-IT!”

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Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) – Donia

Medium: watercolor, ink, and acrylic marker

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Pacific Rim (2013) – Carly Janine Mazur


Medium: oil, acrylic, and gold leaf on board

Size: 10×20″

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Revolutionary Girl Utena (1997) – Priscilla Kim

Revolutionary Girl Utena is one of those series I loved for the trippiness of darkness that lay beneath a candy-coated shell when I was in high school, and also one of the first shows I saw with an LGBT protagonist. While their relationship ended up allowing Anthy to reject her role and escape Ohtori, I did like the more troubled nature it occasionally had, and the darker side of Anthy that, like the show in general, hid beneath a shiny façade. I also enjoyed the chance to play around with more graphical elements than I typically do.”

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Sailor Moon (1991) – Julia Gabrielov

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Speed painting video of Donia’s Evangelion piece:


Check out some of the anime-inspired art produced for our October 2015 Yay! Horror Movie A Day series.


brad lacke art

Uzumaki, Brad Lacke


Attack on Titan, Lai Xu

Attack on Titan, Lai Xu


Blood: The Last Vampire, Diabolical Minds

Blood: The Last Vampire, Diabolical Minds


ryan genovese art

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Ryan Genovese


Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, Lai Xu

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, Lai Xu


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Parasite Eve, Jenn Woodall

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Rudderless college graduate Daniel Barron founded Yay! LA Magazine on a love of writing, passion for the arts, and a firm belief that people really like talking about themselves. He contributed to a number of publications, including LA Music Blog and the defunct The Site Unscene, before deciding to cover arts and entertainment the way he wanted to read it. He works as a freelance writer and digital PR consultant in his current home of Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @YayDanielBarron.

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